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The Age of Desire

by Jennie Fields

eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction

The Age of Desire Synopsis

While novelist Edith Wharton writes of grand love affairs, she has yet to experience her own. Her marriage is more platonic than passionate and her closest relationship is with her literary secretary, Anna Bahlmann. Then Edith meets dashing Morton Fullerton, and her life is at last opened to the world of the sensual.

The Age of Desire Press Reviews

'Beautiful ... an imaginative tour-de-force with the best-written naughty bits I have ever read.' -- Wendy Holden Daily Mail


'A fascinating insight into the life of my favourite novelist. Fields brings a secret side of Wharton to life, and shows us a woman whose elegant facade concealed a turbulent sensuality' Daisy Goodwin


'With astonishing tenderness and immediacy, The Age of Desire portrays the interwoven lives of Edith Wharton and Anna Bahlmann, her governess, secretary, and close friend. By focusing on these two women from vastly different backgrounds, Jennie Fields miraculously illuminates an entire era..I was filled with regret that I'd finished reading so soon' Lauren Belfer, author of City of Light and A Fierce Radiance


'[Fields'] portrayal of Edith Wharton in love is imaginative and bold and offers a touching view of Wharton... Fields immerses us in Wharton's household, her social milieu, and her most private self.' Irene Goldman-Price, editor of My Dear Governess: The Letters of Edith Wharton to Anna Bahlmann


This is a heartbreaking, exquisitely told story. Fields
imagining of the passions, desperation and divided loyalties of her subjects is mesmerizing. Highly recommended. Historical Novel Society

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ISBN: 9780091949730
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Publisher: Ebury Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780091949730
Publication date: 1st August 2013
Author: Jennie Fields
Publisher: Ebury Press
Format: Paperback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,

About Jennie Fields

Jennie Fields received an M.A. in creative writing from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and is the author of the novels Lily Beach, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, and The Middle Ages. An Illinois native, she spent 25 years as an advertising creative director in New York and currently lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.

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